New PDF release: Agency and Change: Rethinking Change Agency in Organizations

By Raymond Caldwell

ISBN-10: 0203087569

ISBN-13: 9780203087565

ISBN-10: 0415326761

ISBN-13: 9780415326766

This wonderful e-book remaps the limits and probabilities of switch, basically transferring the point of interest from outdated debates on organisation and constitution to new practice-based discourses on corporation and alter. providing readers a selective and critical review of key literature and empirical examine, it's going to support scholars contextualize this advanced topic quarter and independently overview destiny customers for powerful switch agent roles in companies offering an interdisciplinary exploration of competing discourses, the publication makes use of overarching conceptual continua: concentrated agency-decentred service provider and systems-processes, thereby permitting a extra extensive specialize in business enterprise and alter. Well-written with not easy content material, this booklet is key examining for these attracted to the origins, improvement and destiny customers for switch company in an organizational global characterised by means of expanding complexity, threat and uncertainty.

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There is, however, a strong rationale for selection in that chapters 3 to 6 address the core issues of theorizing agency and change central to each of the four sets of discourses. In terms of an overall sequence it is also appropriate that the book essentially begins with Giddens and ends with Foucault, for they provide powerful theoretical counter-images of agency. A note for readers As a search for synthesis this book presents particular problems for readers – and for the author. At least four should be noted.

Moreover, because structure as a process-based construct is sustained by interaction it is apparently open to change and this involves a rejection of the determinism implied by evolutionary and old style structuralist or systems concepts of order and collective agency: ‘All reproduction is necessarily production … and the seed of change is there in every act which contributes towards the reproduction of any ordered form of social life’ (Giddens 1976: 102, emphasis in original). While Giddens’ ideas appeared to bring agency back into sociological theory, especially after the abstract ‘structural-functional’ legacy of Parsons’ (1951) social systems theory, his work rarely offers new empirical or practical insights into how agency transforms ‘structure’.

Certainly, there have been no attempts to explore the origins and theoretical limits of core OD concepts such as change agency. A rethinking of change agency is central to any exploration of the current crisis facing OD. This requires that the present internal focus on practice issues and the normative rebuilding of disciplinary boundaries and selfdefences needs to be broadened (Bradford and Burke 2004). One must ask more perplexing ontological and epistemological questions. Are Lewin’s ideas of change agency still relevant or valid in a context where postmodernist and constructionist discourses have undermined ideas of ‘agency’ and the conceptual efficacy of theory and practice divides (Gergen 2003; Hardy 2004)?

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